West Star Aviation has acquired the Messier Bugatti Dowty overhaul manuals and technical data for 192-month landing-gear restorations on the Challenger 604. “West Star has made a substantial investment in procuring these manuals,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager for West Star Aviation. “No technician can perform a Challenger 604 192-month gear restoration without them so it was an easy choice for us.”
AINmxReports » August 8, 2012
Bell Helicopter, in partnership with Cessna Aircraft, opened a new regional service center in Singapore at Seletar Aerospace Park. “The grand opening of our Asia Pacific service center brings to life a vision of providing support to our current and future customers in this important growth region,” said John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “It is the result of years of planning for an increased presence in Asia Pacific, a key market for both Bell Helicopter and Cessna.”
Baker Aviation’s maintenance facility at Addison Airport, Texas, has received FAA approval as a Part 145 repair station. The facility is currently the only certified repair station on the field.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed its fifth winglet modification on the Citation X. According to the company, adding the winglet option allows the aircraft to climb directly to 34,000 feet in 29 minutes, compared with a 93-minute step climb without the winglets, increasing range by 160 nm. It also allows the Citation X to depart from high/hot airports with 1,200 pounds more payload or depart with the pre-winglets payload and fly 400 nm farther, according to Stephen Maiden, the MRO facility’s president.
Aviall Services has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce for parts, modules and tooling for the RR300 turboshaft used on the Robinson R66. Deliveries of the R66 have already passed the 150 mark; the helicopter manufacturer expects deliveries to peak at several hundred per year, with annual flight hours reaching nearly 900,000 by 2020.
Vision Technologies Aerospace has terminated its asset purchase agreement with Pemco World Air Services, as reported in AIN in June. VT Aerospace intended to acquire Pemco’s Tampa aerospace facility and other assets. The decision to terminate the agreement was made after the seller could not fulfill certain conditions before the closing deadline.
Tactair Fluid Controls has launched a new technology program that gives OEMs the option of installing electro-mechanical, optionally actuated landing gear and door uplocks. The focus of the program is to offer a choice between an electro-mechanical release and the traditional mechanically actuated release. Tactair says the new electro-mechanical alternative uplock release offers increased flexibility and opportunities for significant weight savings.
A J Walter Aviation is to buy the component repair business of Aveos Fleet Performance. AJW plans to develop an MRO operation and will establish Aveos’s Montreal facility as its new global aircraft components maintenance headquarters. The acquisition is part of a larger expansion program that has included establishing offices in Miami, Dubai and Singapore; additional spares hubs across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas; and the launch of a new engine division. A UK global headquarters and logistics center will open later this year.
Signature TechnicAir has appointed Dan Henchal as director of maintenance for its facilities at Charles B Wheeler Airport (Kansas City, Mo.) and at New Century Air Center Airport (Olathe, Kan.). Previously, Henchal worked at the Signature TechnicAir facility at St. Paul Downtown Airport.
An FAA Airworthiness Directive targeting certain Gulfstream Astra SPX, 1125 Westwind Astra and Gulfstream 100s was prompted by sponge rubber padding found between wheel well fuel lines and electrical harnesses to provide separation. The padding is not approved and may cause corrosion of the fuel lines. Uncorrected, it could cause corrosion damage and/or chafing resulting in fuel leakage, which could result in a wheel-well fire.
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